Coca-Cola Scholars

Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship

The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars Fund provides scholarships for first generation college students.  First generation students are defined as those applicants who have had neither a parent nor sibling attend college.

The top applicants will be interviewed in-person by the Coca-Cola Scholars Selection Committee made up of representatives from the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Honors College.

Recipients will receive $5,000 per year, renewable for four years, dependent on maintaining a 3.0 GPA, full-time enrollment, and enrollment in a Freshman Learning Community their first semester. Additional support for adjusting to college life and professional development will also be made available.


  • $5,000/year, renewable for four years
  • Academic support and advisement
  • Career exploration activities and support
  • Financial aid and financial literacy workshops
  • Leadership workshops
  • Service opportunities in the Atlanta community

Requirements for keeping the scholarship

  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Maintain a full course load each semester of enrollment (12 or more credit hours)
  • Enroll in a Freshmen Learning Community and GSU 1010 course during fall semester of the freshman year
  • Attend the orientation dinner with current and incoming Coca-Cola Scholarship recipients at the beginning of each school year
  • Meet twice a semester with an academic coach/professional staff member
  • Attend monthly meetings with all Coca-Cola Scholars
  • Maintain involvement in at least one activity in each of the following areas each year:
    • Academic
    • Career Exploration
    • Financial literacy
    • Leadership
    • Service
  • Participate in the interview process to identify next year’s Coca-Cola Scholars
  • Complete a capstone project

While it is not required, Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship recipients are strongly encouraged to join the Honors College, which will provide an additional support network and access to resources to facilitate college success.

Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship Application